How to monogram Easter eggs, plus the health perks of boiled eggs
By Brittany Anas
Dip-dyeing eggs brings out the kid in everyone, because, let’s face it, the tradition provides us with a legitimate excuse to play with our food.
This Easter, if you’re planning to dye eggs, try using a sophisticated and artistic touch so they can double as placeholders for your guests at brunch or dinner. When your eggs are dry, just place them on mini salad or appetizer plates as a cheerful and personal seating cue. Or, set them in some homegrown Easter grass. (Buy seedlings from Home Depot). This dye trick is easy-peasy and your designer eggs will be almost too pretty to crack open.
Here’s what you need for this DIY project:
- Boiled eggs
- Boiled water
- Liquid food color
- Alphabet stickers (Hobby Lobby has a large selection).
- Large, slotted spoon
- Bowls or cups you can submerge your eggs in
Step 1: Use an old tablecloth, newspapers or paper towels to protect your work space. Make sure your boiled eggs have cooled down.
Step 2: Mix your dyes in your bowls. Use 1/2 cup of hot, boiled water, 20 drops of dye and 1 tablespoon of vinegar for each dye bowl.
Step 3: Place your egg on a slotted spoon and partially dunk it in the egg dye, leaving most of the top exposed. (You’ll decorate the oval of blank white space with a sticker, later). Hold the egg in the dye until it’s the color you want. For a pastel egg, you only need to leave it in the dye for 20 seconds. For a more vibrant colored egg, keep it in the dye for a minute.
Step 4: Carefully remove the egg and gently set it down on your covered surface to dry.
Step 5: Once your eggs are dry, adhere the stickers.
Tip: Keep an extra sheet of stickers on hand in case any unexpected guests pop in.
Hard-boiled eggs are a good snack on Easter — or any day for that matter. They’re high in protein, packed with Vitamin D that is good for your bones and contain monosaturated fat, known as “good fat” because it can help keep your cholesterol in check. An egg contains about 80 calories, but you can eliminate nearly all of the fat by scooping out the egg yolk and eating just the egg whites.
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